- Thursday August 7th, 2014 :: 05:25 p.m. HST
Iselle City information update.
Honolulu - Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a briefing at today at the City & County of Honolulu Emergency Operations Center regarding preparations for Hurricane Iselle.
Mayor Caldwell announced that non-essential city services will be closed on Friday. This includes all satellite city halls and driver licensing centers.
City offices will be closed on Friday. Only first responders, emergency support workers, and primary disaster response workers should report to work as directed by their supervisors.
Mayor Caldwell issued a disaster proclamation at noon today.
Director of Environmental Services Lori Kahikina announced that there will be no trash or bulky waste pickup on Friday. Landfill, transfer stations, convenience refuse centers, and H-Power will be closed on Friday.
Resumption of refuse services this weekend will depend on assessment of conditions after the storm has passed and further information on the onset of Hurricane Julio. Kahikina said the department will update the public as the storm progresses. Residents on the 3-cart system (gray, green, blue) and all manual collection routes normally serviced on Friday are asked to hold their trash and recyclables until the next scheduled collection date or take them to the convenience centers when they reopen.
“Please do not leave refuse, bulky items, or carts at the curb,” Director Kahikina said. “Please keep all containers and refuse on your property, secured as well as possible. If you have bulky items fronting your property, please secure those items onto your property as these may become projectiles in the storm.”
It was announced yesterday that all regularly scheduled TheBus and Handi-Van service is canceled on Friday. Officials will resume regular service after the storm passes when the roads are declared safe for travel.
Director of Transportation Services Mike Formby announced today that TheBus will provide one-way Commuter Express Service to Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki on Friday morning. All of the express buses will terminate in the Waikiki area, including those that normally do not serve Waikiki. The express route buses will run between 4:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., depending on the community. Specific routes and times are posted at TheBus.org.
“The goal of this special service is to provide the necessary workforce to Oahu’s tourism industry prior to the onset of anticipated hazardous weather conditions on Friday,” Director Formby said.
George Szigeti of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Organization said “We think this is a well thought out plan, it's a plan that will allow us to [ensure] the safety of our employees, our thousands and thousands of employees, as well as 95,000 visitors in Waikiki. Getting our workforce back into Waikiki tomorrow, even for that limited time, is really, really going to help.”
Mike McCartney of the Hawaii Tourism Agency said, “Our job is to make sure that visitors get accurate information so that they can have a great experience here and be safe. We thank the mayor for making sure that the workers can get there to take care of our guests, so thank you very much.”
Mike McCartney also asked visitors with scheduled flights to check with their airlines and verify their flight status before heading to the airport. “The airport is not a holding area for people to congregate during the storm,” McCartney said. “We ask visitors to stay in place and follow the instructions at their hotels.”
MORE STORM INFORMATION
Ten American Red Cross hurricane shelters on Oahu will be available and open for evacuees at 10 p.m. The evacuation shelters should be your last resort if you have nowhere else safe to go.
These five shelters are pet friendly, thanks to Hawaiian Humane Society volunteers: Kaimuki High School, Pearl City High School, Waialua High & Intermediate, Nanakuli High School, and BYU Hawaii in Laie.
These five shelters are NOT pet friendly: Campbell High School, Kaiser High School, McKinley High School, Castle High School, and Mililani High School.
Special evacuation shuttles will begin operating at 10 p.m. Thursday night to serve the designated shelter locations. If you need transportation to an evacuation shelter, TheBus will provide free transportation. These buses will display an “EVACUATION” sign. Riders need only flag a bus down anywhere along the route they are traveling and they will be taken to the nearest evacuation shelter.
Riders will be allowed to bring one bag and pets as long as they are on a leash or in a pet crate or carrier. Shuttle service will operate overnight until one hour befor the storm's effects reach Oahu, currently forecast to be about 6 a.m. Friday morning.
All City & County of Honolulu parks ARE NOW CLOSED until further notice. All camping permits and all permitted events at city parks and gyms will be cancelled and refunded. All events at city parks including the People’s Open Market will be closed through Sunday, August 10.
Water Emergency Preparedness
Helpful information from the Board of Water Supply regarding how to deal with water emergencies, including how to safely store water. (PDF)
Who should evacuate?
Residents in the coastal evacuation zones as shown in the yellow tabbed disaster preparedness section of your telephone directory. Residents living in older homes built before 1995, on exposed ridgelines and anyone living in an area prone to or with a history of flooding. Remember, if you choose to evacuate to a shelter you must bring all of your disaster supplies with you.
If you live in a home built after 1995 to current hurricane standards and you are not located in a coastal evacuation or flood zone you should consider Sheltering-in-Place in an interior room on a lower floor without windows.
Although a shelter may not be designated as Pet Friendly, if you evacuate your home because it is not safe for you, then it is not safe for your pets. Take your pets with you. If you evacuate to a shelter that is not designated Pet Friendly you must still take your pets and all of their supplies, but they will need to remain in a shaded and protected area at the designated shelter.
All shelters that will open Thursday evening are operated by volunteers with the American Red Cross. Due to health and safety concerns Red Cross shelters do not allow pets. However service animals will be allowed in to the shelter.
Pet Friendly shelters are co-located in facilities co-located with a Red Cross shelter and are operated by volunteers with the Hawaiian Humane Society. At a Pet Friendly shelter you will be expected to assist with the care of your pet.
Before leaving for a hurricane shelter, residents should close windows and doors and shut off/unplug all electrical items and shut off utilities if told to do so.
Residents bringing pets to designated pet friendly shelters will need to provide extra food and water for their pet, a pet carrier/cage for each pet that is large enough for them to turn around in as well as cleaning supplies. You will be expected to assist with your pets care.
Keep in mind that the American Red Cross does not allow weapons, illicit drugs, alcohol, and smoking in shelters
National Weather Service Forecast for Honolulu
Social Media Sources
American Red Cross - Hawaii State Chapter
Board of Water Supply
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Hawaii Humane Society
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pacific Disaster Center
Honolulu Department of Emergency Management
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Honolulu, HI 96813